News and Analysis: Germany
In the largest anti-nuclear demonstration in Germany in decades, over 30,000 protesters used militant direct action to disrupt the transport of 123 tons of atomic waste from France to Danneberg. Protesters throughout northern Germany blockaded roads and railway tracks to stop the movement of the waste on trains and trucks.
Just before the major imperialist countries met in Toronto for the G20 summit in late June, both Britain and Germany announced austerity measures to balance budgets and cut their respective debts. The measures include cutbacks in public services, pay cuts, wage freezes and across-the-board tax increases.
The results of a BBC poll, released Nov. 9 in the midst of the Berlin Wall media circus, found that only 11 percent of people globally believe free market capitalism "works well." The poll helps get to the truth behind the pageantry and propaganda put forward by the capitalist establishment and its media mouthpieces.
The fall of the Berlin Wall still stands as the most recognized symbol of the overthrow of the socialist camp. Imperialist forces around the world hailed it as the reaffirmation of the superiority of capitalism over socialism.
Garnering praise from the media and mainstream political pundits, Barack Obama recently returned from an international trip with stops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and Britain.
Around 2,000 militant protesters confronted riot police in Rostok, Germany, on June 2 ahead of the Group of Eight (G8) summit in Heiligendamm . The clash followed a demonstration bringing at least 80,000 people into the streets.
January 15 marks the anniversary of the 1919 assassination of communist leader Rosa Luxemburg. She, along with her comrade Karl Liebknecht, were leaders of the revolutionary Spartacus League in Germany.